Pair of ceremonial hand colored aquatint etchings portraying the Duke of Montrose, the Duke of Argyll, the Earl of Westmorland, The Earl of Harrowby, the Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Calthorpe, and the Marquess of Wellesley, all dressed in crimson velvet robes with ermine trim attending the Coronation of George IV in 1821. Each face is portrayed in the extraordinary detail of a miniature portrait, hard to capture in a photograph. After the defeat of France at Waterloo, Great Britain became the most powerful nation in Europe and George was determined that his coronation would outshine that of Napoleon I. The coronation of George IV was the most expensive coronation ever. He took great interest in the costumes to be worn during the coronation procession which were inspired in early historical costumes from the Tudor and Stuart courts. Published as plates to Nayler's 'History of the Coronation 1821' in 1824. A full set is of 43 prints is part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Inscription below the images reads as follows (from left to right):
Aquatint 1: THE DUKE OF MONTROSE in his Robes of Estate THE DUKE OF ARGYLL in his Robes of Estate THE EARL OF WESTMORLAND as Lord Privy Seal THE EARL OF HARROWBY as Lord President of the Council 19th July 1821
Aquatint 2: THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY carrying St. Edward's staff LORD CALTHORPE carrying the gold spurrs THE MARQUESS OF WELLESLEY carrying the sceptre with the cross 19th July 1821
Each aquatint comes matted and framed in later bronzed wood frame, ready to display. In good used condition with toning, foxing, and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 28 3/4" by 20 5/8"; Visible Image (mat opening): 20 7/8" by 13"approximately.